Healthcare Databases

OVID Platform

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Embase is a highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date biomedical research database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day. 

Emcare is a nursing and allied health bibliographic database published by Elsevier, indexing over 3,500 international journals from 1995 onwards. 

Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) 
Health Management Information Consortium database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information and Library Service. 

The MEDLINE database is produced by the US National Library of Medicine that contains more than 26 million references to journal articles. The subject scope of MEDLINE is biomedicine and health, broadly defined to encompass those areas of the life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, or related educational activities. 

Social Policy & Practice 
Psychology & Behavioral Social Policy and Practice represents an important source of evidence-based social science research for policy-makers, practitioners, educators and students working within economic and social development, social administration, social services, and care management. Coverage includes Public Health, Mental and Community Health, Children and Families and Older People. 

EBSCO Platform

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The CINAHL database is a comprehensive source of information for nurses, allied health professionals and other interested in health care.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection 
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. It also provides particularly strong coverage in child & adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling. 

ProQuest Platform 

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British Nursing Index (BNI) 
British Nursing Index database comprises over 250 of the most popular and important journal sources in the nursing and midwifery fields. 

Hospital Premium Collection
This database offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources 

Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED) 
Database covering the fields of complementary or alternative medicine. 

This database offers full-text articles for journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrefe & Hube. The database includes all material from the print journals. Many titles go back to volume 1, issue 1. Coverage: 1894 – current. 

This database is the world’s largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association. 

Other Databases and Online Resources

Go to our Online Resources page for links to other databases such as Cochrane Library, Pubmed, NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and many more.


For information and guides to searching the databases visit our Training pages






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